The only plants that aren't expected to be hardy for this zone are the hyacinths. I tried to stay with natives in general. Everything I planted last year came back except the mare's tail. And I still don't know what happened to that since it is even native to this area. There are a few oxygenators I toss in from my fish tanks when they get overgrown, but I doubt many of them are winter hardy. I tried a non-native version of lobelia this year. If it doesn't make it, I will just have to get some local lobelia from the lake, though it doesn't have the deep burgundy leaves like the queen variant.
Great sadness and a call for more pond safety planning
Although I love my pond, I always knew that there are dangers involved around water. When I designed it, I made sure there was no edge of the pond that was deep water and there were several sturdy pots that even a dog could use as stepping stones in case any animals went swimming. The weather this year has been rather crazy and we had a mid-winter thaw over the weekend. My cat has always had a love of running water and makes a visit to the pond part of his daily routine during warmer weather. With a small patch of open water, he was apparently drawn to it and fell through the ice to his death when he couldn't get back out. To those of you with ponds in areas that freeze, we need to consider how to lessen the risk to our furry pets. I know I will never put a bubbler in the middle of the pond again and have moved it to be next to a ledge but I still don't know if that is doing enough to prevent something like this from happening.
That's rough. A shame really. I was planning a pond and plan on having a raised edge to hopefully deter animals and children from falling in it. Cats are so nimble, it would be nearly impossible to keep them out with a simple temporary fence or anything like that.
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